Guest Blog Post written for OneCare by Amanda Flowers of BlueStore South Charlotte
How Everyday Health Choices Make a Big Deal in the Long Run
Making healthy choices everyday can really make a huge difference, both in the short term and the long term. Healthy daily habits can make you feel better and improve the quality of life whether you have a chronic condition or are simply trying to prevent health conditions from developing. Most people understand the basics regarding what constitutes healthy habits, but don’t understand how those choices affect the body. The following are a few ways that healthy habits impact you in the long run.
Moving Your Body
Daily exercise improves your mood, boosts your energy, and helps you control your weight, but it also lowers your risks of developing a plethora of chronic conditions. No matter what your weight, exercise helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. This keeps the blood flowing through the body, preventing conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. The weight control helps to prevent diabetes, metabolic issues, and leg problems that can eventually inhibit independence.
Avoiding Unhealthy Habits
Smoking and drinking to excess are two of the most detrimental habits for your health. Both of these habits increase the risks of heart disease, stroke, and cancers. Smoking introduces carbon monoxide into your blood stream and changes the way that your body handles cholesterol. Drinking causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances and puts stress on the liver. Since both drinking and smoking introduce toxins into the body, the immune system is weakened and cannot fight off infections as well.
Eating with Purpose
We all know that diet affects health, but too often the focus is on what not to eat. Focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water instead of eating or drinking less of anything may help you to feel less deprived and more excited about the endeavor. Look up fun recipes, infuse waters with tasty fruits, and plan your meals. When you are full and you know where your next meal is coming from, you will be less likely to resort to unhealthy foods.
Taking Care of Hygiene
Brushing and flossing, bathing regularly, keeping your nails trimmed, moisturizing your skin – all of these things are important for your health. Keeping your mouth and body clean can limit the number of bacteria and viruses that you are exposed to, helping you to avoid illness and infection. Keeping your skin moist and your nails trimmed can help keep your largest barrier against disease and infection intact and functioning properly.
Attending Regular Check-Ups
Attending regular check-ups for health can seem like a nuisance when nothing is wrong but can be instrumental in spotting possible issues before they cause conditions or when diseases are in early stages. Health insurance plans now cover most preventative maintenance, including check-ups, so you may be able to attend with no out of pocket cost to you. If you do have health conditions, attending regular check-ups can help you keep track of your health and prevent the condition from worsening.
Making the small healthy choices every day can go a long way towards helping you to live a long, healthy life.